Jan 14, 2013 9:00am EST
to see a default as we get closer to the debt ceiling deadline. will this put a limit on what stocks do over the next few weeks? >> i read this weekend another piece that says the social security checks aren't going to come out. they're going to come out, okay? we can go down this path and scare people. but i'm not going there. i remember when i was going to the balk last year and we had the debt ceiling. a woman said, i'm not going to get my social security check. and i said you will. she said, no, i'm not. i feel like, it's incumbent on people to say, look, maybe there's a week -- but when you say social security's not going to come out, we are not a third world -- an emerging third world nation, whatever is political to say. we can really scare people here. our job should not be to scare people. but you can scare people very easily. >> right. on the other side people are citing mutual funds, we talked about this on friday, and thursday of last week as a positive. perhaps you shouldn't, given there were so many inflows to bond funds. the s&p was up nicely last year and the year prior,
Jan 15, 2013 9:00am EST
the debt ceiling. fitch said the pressure on the aaa is, if anything, increasing. >>> we are four hours away from facebook's secret announcement in menlo park. so far, the guesses range from a facebook search engine to a facebook phone. would either product help lift the stock back with a high water mark. >>> the debate kicks off whether dell can, a, raise the money to go private, and b, reinvent itself without going through cash flow. the journal said the talks have been serious for weeks. >>> lululemon doing a downward dog this morning. raises guidance but not enough to impress investors. >>> the battle over the debt ceiling has warranted a warning from fitch. they said it will prompt a formal review of u.s. credit ratings. fitch does add it expects congress will ultimately approve a ceiling increase. the head of global sovereign ratings for fitch, david riley, will join us in the next hour. bernanke weighing in on the debt ceiling in michigan late yesterday. >> raising the debt ceiling, which congress has to do periodically, gives the government the ability to pay its existing bills.
Jan 18, 2013 6:00am EST
intimating at this point that they're going to be some short-term extension in the debt ceiling and focus on spending. they seem -- you know, they seem to be a little bit hesitant to allow themselves to be set up again as people that are trying to destroy the economy. they're tired of being put in that position where they're holding back the economy. and i think it was the accusation in the first place, but they're sensitive to this point and they're going to roll over. >> they're very sensitive. the political realities of the situation is that i think we all know what needs to be done longer term. the reality is can they get any of this done in the next two months? and that's a much bigger question. i think they're trying to figure that out right now? >> well, we will have people that will argue that we don't have a spending problem, that president obama said we're going to have an economist on today on how you get -- you know, we're going to talk to him. he says the one thing that would hurt the economy is in cuts in social security or medicare or medicaid. any type of reform to those t